PhD Scholarships at the Royal Veterinary College

In 2017 LIDo will be reserving three scholarships for students looking to join, world-class specialist institution, the Royal Veterinary College. A range of topics are on offer that will be of interest to biomedical science and veterinary graduates.
Scholarships are for 4 years and provide a stipend and home/EU* tuition fees. Students will be full members of the LIDo programme taking advantage of the considerable benefits of this unique consortium whilst embedded in the expert environment of the RVC.
Exemplar project are detailed below. It may also be possible for the successful candidates to develop a project with RVC supervisors. The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 11th JANUARY

Exemplar Projects

Additional projects will be available for the 2019 cohort

  • 3D modelling and haemodynamic analysis of patient specific abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • 3D Printing Bioengineered Muscle
  • A Gut Reaction_ The role of the gut microbiome in zebrafish neuronal development
  • Computing the biology of mitochondria in cell degeneration
  • Investigating dog breed susceptibility to diabetes mellitus using stem cell-derived canine pancreatic beta cells
  • Label-free assessment of replicative senescence in flexor tendon fibroblasts
  • Learning a data-driven model for diffusion MRI data using 3D microstructural imaging
  • Mammalian and avian genomes_ evolutionary earthquakes and stability
  • Modelling the impact of One Health interventions against foodborne toxoplasmosis
  • Modifiers of lysosomal dysfunction
  • Next generation sequencing of parasite field populations to explore population structure and genetic diversity
  • Parameterising a model for the emergence and spread of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (zoonoses) in West Africa
  • Synthesis of dynamic locomotor behaviours using deep learning applied to realistic musculoskeletal models of bipedal and quadrupedal animals
  • The importance of the microbiome in immune resistance to bacterial infection
  • The role of exosomes in regulating blood vessel calcification
  • Uncovering Interconnected Osteoarthritic Features_ Using Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) to Explore Relationships between Gait, Bone Shape and Joint Structure
  • Understanding the cell biological mechanisms underlying the broad-spectrum antiviral function of Interferon Induced Transmembrane (IFITM) proteins
  • Walking and running with short legs and long_ the scaling and ontogeny of the muscle mechanical compromise.

If you have any questions about completing a PhD at the RVC please contact Dr Kristien Verheyen, Head of the RVC Graduate School


We invite applications from highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (for example BA, BSc, MSci) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

To apply you will need to send the following documents in a single email to: All documents must be submitted in unprotected PDF format. Please state in the email header that you are interested in the RVC studentships.

  • Completed Application Form (Sections A and B) including details of two Academic References
  • The disability and ethnic origin monitoring form
  • Official Final Transcripts from Completed Programmes of Study
  • Official Interim Transcripts from On-going Programmes of Study
  • English Language Qualification (if required, please see below)
  • Academic CV
  • Copy of Passport

Please click the relevant links below to download a zipped folder of application documents in your preferred format.
Application Pack (Word).zip
Application Pack (PDF).zip

*EU Applicants must meet the research council funding residency criteria. If you are unsure of your eligibility please contact the programme administrator before submitting an application. Veterinary graduates are eligible for a enhanced stipend rate please contact the programme for more information.